How To Take Care Of Garden Flowers

Like with all other garden plants, you must take care of your garden flowers if you want them to bloom and add to the aesthetic appeal of your home.

With garden flowers, your work doesn’t end with planting the seedlings in your garden and you must attend to your plants for the duration of their growth if you are to expect success in your gardening. While gardening should take up your entire leisure time, you need to spare some time to attend to your garden.

Below are tips on how to take care of your garden flowers.

Mulch your garden

You should mulch your garden after planting, not just during the dry season. Mulching is an essential part of garden care since it helps retain the moisture in the soil and regulates the soil temperatures as well.

Mulching also inhibits the growth of weeds in addition to adding organic matter to the soil and also helping keep the soil compact.

 

Water them regularly

You must ensure that your flower plants get just the right amount of water they need for their growth, not more or less. Yellowing of the leaves is good indicator of watering problems in your plants. Overwatering can cause your plants to rot while not watering them enough leads to wilting and death.

It is also important to learn the right techniques for watering your plants. Watering the leaves results into rotting of the leaves and spread of diseases. Instead, water your plants at their roots where the water is actually needed.

Deep watering technique will save you the hassle of watering your plants daily.

 

Improve your soil

If you have had your garden in the same location for more than two years, then you need to improve your soil since it has lost some fertility. Your flower plants will suffer from poor health if they are deprived of the essential nutrients they need for their growth.

You can improve your soil fertility by adding compost manure or organic fertilizers. Use the recommended amounts of fertilizer because putting too much in your garden alters the soil pH value and this causes death among your plants.

 

Protect your garden from animals

Do Deer Eat Roses, you ask? Yes. You need to protect your garden from the attack of animals who get attracted by the sweet scents from flower plants.

Animals, particularly herbivores, feed on the leaves of your flower plants and can ruin your garden.

Protect your garden flowers from animals by erecting a fence or installing a barrier around your garden. Alternatively, you can use scarecrows and animal repellent sprays around your garden.

 

Pruning

Cut overgrown branches on your flower plants to allow for a more organized growth. Pruning also help your plants grow into shape as opposed to a wild growth that spoils the aesthetics of your landscape.

You also need to pinch your flowers symmetrically when they are young to allow them to promote branching and increase the chances of the plant growing into an overall good shape.

 

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Asthma a Modern-Day Disease? What Should Parents Do?

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The cases of asthma have risen in the recent years. Several factors/hypotheses were given but none are conclusive. Up until now, the medical world is uncertain as to what causes the increase in asthma diagnosis.  Among the factors mentioned are;

Here are some of the factors considered by medical professionals as possible reasons for the rise in asthma diagnosis in the recent three decades.

  1. Poor circulation of air in “tight” houses. In urban areas especially, houses are tightly sealed, houses are very near each other, and there are not enough trees around. These hamper sufficient circulation of air; thus, houses would seem like petri dishes of dust-mites and molds, which could trigger asthma.
  2. Hygiene-hypothesis. Too sanitary and hygienic environment of modern society have deprived children of developing anti-bodies that could fight allergies. So, this suggests that children need to be exposed to certain pathogen for them to develop natural defenses. Yet, exposure to infection early in life can be a risk factor for asthma.
  3. Sedentary living. Modernization has brought people so much convenience and comfort in life.  The many technology has many lives easy and light. Consequently, decreasing physical exertion and other form of physical movement. In effect, lessens lung strength and increases obesity that promotes inflammation in the body.

As mentioned above doctors and medical researchers alike are unsure of the causes. However, one thing is certain, only half of the asthma cases globally is caused by allergens. And so, what causes asthma with the rest of the asthma diagnosed population is still baffling doctors until now.

 

What Should Parents Do then?

Children experiencing asthma attack have inflamed airways that makes breathing difficult.  This makes them physically weak and hinders any form of outdoor activities that require physical exertion like riding a bicycle, spelunking, and traveling.  This isn’t right! Right? Children must be playing, making more clutters at home, exploring and experiencing things. Now as parents,

 

Here’s what we could do.

  1. Be vigilant and observant. If there’s a history of asthma in your family most likely your child might have the allergy-related cells. But the trigger might be different. It could be strong chemical odor, gas like helium,  fine dusts, or irritated airways due to coughing. In my daughter’s case, it was triggered by mosquito propellent and then fine face and baby powder. It took us a while to figure this out – after so many episodes of asthma attacks and late-night trips to the hospital.
  2. Seek professional help. If you suspect allergy in your child go to an asthma specialist. We have gone to several pediatricians but none have given us the kind of help and remedy we were hoping for. Asthma specialists would certainly know what to look for, how to diagnose, and how to treat it. If your child’s asthma is caused by allergens, then there is proven treatment for it as based on our own experiences. My daughter took Flixotide and my son Seretide placed in a babyhaler for almost a year before they finally gotten rid of asthma. If it goes untreated it will remain in your child until he grows old as the case of my husband.

As parents of asthmatic children, we know better that it is no joke.  The emotions parents have to go through seeing their child struggle, and the ordeal a child has to surpass are simply unbearable.

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About to grill that steak? Here are 5 rookie errors you should avoid!

There’s nothing quite as sweet or juicy as a beef steak grilled to perfection. Just imagine it; munching into that tender flank steak. Heck, it is close enough to Utopia one can get after a long, stressful week!

Sadly, such magnificent dreams can inadvertently be transformed into nightmares. Especially sans the right methods of grilling that beef steak; one that was eagerly purchased at the butchery a few moments ago.

In fact, when put to the test, many a self-proclaimed ‘cooking connoisseurs’ fail to pass the test. In turn, they become the lead actors in another epic series of ‘cooking dry, tough, meat.’

That being said, here are few rookie errors to avoid when preparing that scrumptious grilled steak.

 

Failing to use enough seasoning

Perhaps a delicious pepper-crusted ribeye has been lingering in the mind for quite a while now? Well, as with all magnificent dishes, seasoning is key. Consider the likes of salt and spices as the preliminaries of any amazing dish. So don’t be scared to be generous with them!

However, one should draw the line between generosity and over-zealousness.

That being said, it’s wise to always go for a hearty seasoning; lest one wants to deprive their meat of a rich flavour and a bold crust. Didn’t think so.

 

Grilling the steak while it’s still cold

At times, the desire to consume the steak as soon as possible can be quite tempting! Hence, one eagerly throws the steak straight from the fridge and onto the grill. Big mistake.

In fact, one should give the steak ample time to reach room temperature. In such a circumstance, patience is key.

The truth is, grilling a cold steak will cause it to cook unevenly; potentially resulting on the outside side of the steak burning, while the insides remain largely undercooked or undercooked!

 

Not selecting the right steak

Yep, trouble could have been brewing before the actual grilling process began! How is this so? It all goes back to the meat that was selected before heading to the checkout line.

In fact, there are a myriad of meat varieties that all have a unique cooking or grilling technique. For example, the T-bone goes in tandem with grilling, while the boneless ribeye might be a fan-favourite of the pan, due to all the fat running through it.

So take note; treating all the steaks in a similar manner might deprive some of them of the best possible flavour.

Another factor that comes into play is the grill that one is using. As a rule of thumb, always go for high quality grills, regardless of the event. The Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker is one ideal grill to check out.

 

Going for the lean cut

While the lean cut might be ideal for healthy living, it’s not exactly the talk of the town when one is searching for sensational flavours in their palate.

That being said, always look for a steak with a healthy layer of marbling (that is the fat that shows itself as white lines or flecks). Though it’s a tad bit on the expensive end, the savoury juices and tenderness are definitely worth it!

 

Biggest mistake; Turning over the steak only once

A common misconception in the culinary world is that the ideal way to keep a steak juicy and tender is to flip it over only once.

While the end result might be photo-worthy, the steak won’t be that delicious. If anything, it will be pretty dry.

Hence, ensure to turn the steak multiple times as it grills away!

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Old School Socks Rag Rug: Mom on a Budget

Recycling and re-using are great ways to save money as well as contribute to a greener environment.

As a mom on a budget,  I’d recycle and re-used anything I could – old calendars,  magazines as gift wraps.  And I’ve always felt that old, loose school socks can still be made into something useful.  Whatever it is,  it couldn’t be given as pre-loved items or as thrift items.  It’s just not right.  Yet,  I still feel that it’s a waste if I just throw them away,  after all it’s cottony,  and some have these adorable prints on them.

I thought,  well,  why not make them into a rug.  So I did it,  the first try was a bit untidy.  As you can see the heels are tucked in but are not sewn in. The rug looks messy as the heels come out easily.  And notice, it’s hand-sewn because as it turned out the cordless, portable handy-stitch sewing machine I bought is a lemon.

Here it is.

diy rug


After realizing a few things from my first attempt, I made another one.  This time,  the rug looks neat than the previous one.

Here it is. 


So what I did here is,
1. Tuck the heel portion of the sock in and sew the socks together as shown in the photo (this is half of the rug,  make two). The number of socks will depend on how long you want your rug to be.
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2. Sew the two halves together as shown here.

old school socks

This DIY old school socks rag rug is a pretty rough idea.  There are certainly a lot of room for improvement and creativity. If you happen to make a similar one please drop me a line about your creation.

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How Can You Transform Your Box Braids into Amazing Hairstyles

Changing hairstyle and haircut bring a lot of positivity and freshness to a person’s overall look. With this change, you feel more motivated and confident. There are various ways to bring this change in your look and a very amazing one is to get your hair dyed in different colors. Hairstyles and haircuts keep evolving with fashion, there are some cuts and styles which are classic and can stay in fashion for a very long time. Even though, the classic is the best, however, if you don’t change your haircut or hairstyle for a long time, you yourself become bored and exhausted of looking at it every other day.

Everyone has their own hair texture and they wear their hair accordingly. Hair styles and haircuts also vary according to the race, customs and region where a person is living. Some hair styles suit light hair tones the best and others are more suitable for darker hair. If you have dark hair then box braids styles are just the right option for you. This hair style is super versatile and incredibly attractive. It has the downright edge and has the right twists as well. It can suit anyone from little girls to adult women. The box braids are indeed a true style statement no matter what age you are. If you are looking to enhance your look and adopt a versatile look for your hair, you can check Burgundy Box Braids to get some ideas for you.

Mostly people already have the braids and others are looking to get some ideas and spice up the looks. People always want to flaunt a flawless look but very few of them figure out the ways which are just right for them. There is a loose updo which is stylish yet relaxed and fit for all circumstances. All you need to do is to get all the braids and twist them up in a loose updo and you are all set to go. This hairstyle can set both for formal or a casual gathering. If you have long braids you can also use them to tie a high bun in place. When you combine think box braids and small box braids it creates a very compelling hairstyle which can work for nearly all situations. There are many great examples of a high bun in which you can twist your perfectly styled box braids in a high bun.

Hair are the most prominent part of anyone’s personality and indeed the most neglected part as well. Your hair give the personality and add charisma to you. An average person, do not get the same team to prepare you for the public appearance every morning like a celebrity and model gets each time before they appear on the television. Therefore, it completely relies on you that how you choose to flaunt your personality and enhance it by choosing a different hairstyle every now and then.

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Creative Ways to Feed Moringa to your Child

Moringa is packed with so much health juices, you’ll be very surprised. For one this is the only vegetable which has all 9 essential amino acids, and this alone is good reason enough why I include moringa in my children’s diet. If you want to know more about Moringa click the link.

Yes, you’ve read it correctly, Moringa is part of my children’s diet and they love it. I’m sure your child will love it too.

If you’re unsure if they will like it or not, there are creative ways to sneak in Moringa powder into their diet without them knowing it. Moringa powder does not interfere with the food’s taste.

So here are ways I feed them with Moringa.

Removing the leaves off the stalks is fun for children, and of course, blending something is another fun thing to do. So making Moringa powder is a great chore for kids!

Sweet and sour fillet fish with Moringa powder.

 

Tuna in tomato sauce with Moringa powder.

 

Mung beans soup with Moringa leaves

There are several other food where Moringa can be added, like glazed chicken, buttered toasted bread, any type of fruit and vegetable salad, vegetable nuggets, fried egg with vegetable, homemade pizza, any type of sauces and dippings, teas, and many more. There are so many possiblities. I would be updating this post from time to time.

Helpful tips, do not over-cook the leaves and sprinkle Moringa powder unto the food after cooking.

Moringa is for everyone! It’s good for children, for adults, for pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers.

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Tips For Running A Business & A Household

It’s no secret that being a working parent is difficult and challenging. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done successfully. All you need is a plan in place for how you’re going to approach your busy lifestyle. Avoid giving up trying before you even grant yourself an opportunity to succeed.

Don’t beat yourself up or get down when you make mistakes trying to do it all. What you want to do is learn from your past and then aim to create a brighter future for you and your children. Make lists and put them in priority order, so you’re getting done what’s most important first.

Take Advantage of your Nights & Weekends

What will help you achieve work-life balance is to come up with a schedule to follow even on your weekends and days off. There’s a lot of available time there if you’re smart about how you use it. For example, get up early and attend a few business-related tasks before taking the kids out to get some exercise as a family. When you arrive home at night use this as a chance to unplug and have dinner as a group and then wrap up any loose ends regarding your work after the kids go to bed.

Use Your Time & Money Wisely

Unfortunately, you’re likely going to experience a lot of obstacles and busy work when you’re running your own business. Use your time wisely by knowing when to hire assistance, how to delegate and being smart about how you spend your money. For example, don’t spend your limited time attempting to recover any lost corporate data. Look to find companies that can provide this service for you so that you spend your time on what is more pressing from your standing within the business.

Ask for Help

You have to speak up and be willing to ask for help when you need it if you’re going to be successful at running a business and household. Let your spouse know you want their assistance and specify in what areas they could be useful. Another idea is to ask the neighbors to watch the kids while you work or get involved in a local carpool for getting the kids to and from school. No one will know you’re struggling or need a hand until you make it clear.

Set Boundaries

Ultimately, you’re in charge when you own a company, so begin setting boundaries and stop making excuses as to why you can’t leave the office on time. You need to find more balance in your days and not get caught up in unnecessary and time-consuming tasks that are keeping you from seeing your children on a regular basis. Get a home office so you can sneak in and tackle some work in between activities. It will help if you always stay focused on what it is you’re doing in the present moment.

Conclusion

Running a business and household can be done with the right attitude and strategies in place. Remember to go slowly and make smart choices along the way. There’s enough time in each day to get done what’s most important if you plan right.

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Derick Learns to Ride a Bicycle

Yes,yes..finally my son has learnt to ride a bicycle. It has been a year since we bought him his bicycle, and only now he got to really enjoy it. He said, he now loves his bicycle more than ever. Apparently he’s not a kinesthetic learner, and there had been moments of frustration on his part and ours too.  While it has been very easy teaching Summer, Derick took his time,and that took so much of our patience and time.

*Derick and Summer have helmets but on this particular day, they decided not to wear them.

 

What were the tricks we did before he finally were able to put both feet on the pedals?

  1. First, we made sure the bike is the right height and size, and that he’s wearing protective gear for safety.
  2. Then we tried what we did with Summer, which was – hold the handle bar firmly forward, give it a push, put your feet on the pedals and start pedalling. It didn’t work with him! He couldn’t control the handle bar and couldn’t keep his balance.
  3. So we took the pedals out, and let him glide with it similar to pedal-less bicycles for toddlers.  Doing this develops a sense of balance and builds muscle memory. This stage took most part of the days that he tried learning to ride his bicycle. There were weeks even months that he refused to ride his bicycle because of frustration.
  4. At long last, during the summer break, we gave it another go after a long hiatus. We decided to put back the pedals since he could already balance. With sheer determination and lots and lots of encouragement that he could do it, he finally found his rythym  on the second day of practice. And since then he’s been enjoying it.

Hurray! Now, the bicycle is one of his treasured possesions.

Bicycling is a great outdoor activity for kids not only during summer but even during weekends and after school.  It is a great extracurricular activity that refreshes the mind and limit screen time.

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Moringa is a superfood I include in my children’s diet,  and honestly they love it.  Not just that,  they make Moringa powder themselves. It’s easy to follow, in fact there are only 4 simple steps all in the video description.

Here’s a short video clip of how to make Moringa powder.  Enjoy!

 

Allowing children to do this is actually beneficial for them.

  1. Doing chores like this give them a sense of accomplishment.  Something they could be proud of. Chores for children are what trainings are for adults.
  2. It’s a great way to teach children the importance of good health and how to stay healthy.
  3. One of the ways to help your child eat and love veggies and other plant-based food.
  4. Doing this chore, helps instill in your child the love for plants and nature in general. In fact we’ve planted Moringa in our garden in the city.

It’s so easy and simple,  right?  Is this something that you’re children could do too?

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How To Parent Like Angelina

As a woman who successfully parents 6 children, has an incredible career, and supports multiple charities and causes, it is not surprising that Angelina Jolie is an inspiration to so many people. One of the most admirable things about Angelina is the way she chooses to parent. As any mother or father will know, being a parent is far from easy. If someone as hard-working as Angelina can juggle parenthood and a career, alongside her numerous other interests, it is certainly worth looking at the way in which she achieves this, and how other parents can benefit from her example.

Accept your children’s personalities

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has cause quite a stir in some circles, with her penchant for masculine-type clothing and, some sources say, wanting to be referred to as John, and not her given name. To Angelina, this is no big deal, and why should it be? Children need to be able to express themselves in a safe environment, and being accepted for who they are will give them the confidence needed to be a mentally healthy adult. Being open and honest and keen to listen will ensure your child feels comfortable to share their feelings. This support should be applied whether they want to wear clothes that may not be the social norm, or if they are having a difficult time coming to terms with their sexuality.

Take them traveling

Of course, Angelina has funds that allow her to take her children all over the world, but even if you have a limited budget, traveling and experiencing diverse cultures should be considered very important for a child’s development. Allowing children to understand that the world consists of various cultures, and introducing them to assorted experiences is discussed on the blog Mommynearest. Among the benefits attributed to traveling with your children is that you are teaching them flexibility, and educating them in a fun way.

Embrace adventure

Alongside taking her children traveling with her, Angelina encourages her children to embrace adventures. Although Angelina does this by taking them to exciting locations all over the world, you can achieve this closer to home. Outdoor adventure play is one way in which your child can experience the thrill of climbing, team-work and imaginative play. There’s no need to think you need to take your kids trekking in Cambodia in order for them to experience real-life adventures, when sites like Indreviews.Com have compilations of the best outdoor activity centres for children you can place in your own back yard.

 

Lead by example

It is well-known that Angelina doted on her mother and it is often reported that she is saddened by the fact that her children didn’t know her. Jolie attributes her wish to lead by example to her mother, as this is exactly how her mother was with her. You can apply this to your own parenting by being charitable, forgiving, and understanding, in the things you say and the things you do.

A beautiful person inside and out, Angelina Jolie is a superb example of modern-day parenting at its best.

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